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Soy Sauce

The salty and savory taste makes every dish a spicy treat. Soy sauce is an inevitable and indispensable source of delicious taste to almost all the Chinese and Japanese cuisines. Since time immemorial, soy beans have been an integral part of cereals. As the time has progressed, human beings identified with the hidden qualities and invented different techniques to exploit them.

Soy sauce is one of the most prized ingredient of eastern and south eastern Asian cuisines and adds new dimension to their diverse aura. Now with the advancement of time, soy sauce has gripped the entire world with its augmented and magnificent taste and one can see its usage in the western cuisines as well. Originally introduced in China, soy sauce has reigned as the prime condiment for over 2500 years now.

 

What is soy Sauce?
A fermented version of soy beans with a blended mixture of other vital ingredients like
cracked, roasted wheat, salt and water form the magnificent soy sauce. Yeast, and various micro-organisms hastened the progress of soy sauce making under the sun and in normal temperature. These methods used to promote natural tastes and enhanced the quality of the sauce. The free glutamates give the different and very peculiar taste to the sauce and enhance its healthy composition as well.

Soy sauce has been prepared following the traditional methods of fermentation since ages however,

today new methods to prepare soy sauce have flooded the recipe books. Instead of brewing, the hydrolyzed soy beans are used to extract soy sauce artificially. Caramel coloring is used to give it the color and thus degrades its original quality. These sauces are easily available at yet cheaper rates.
 

Types of Soy Sauce
Today when this sauce is sop popular around the globe it is simply impossible to have maintained the natural and original flavor. As it got mingled with different cultures and entered their cuisines it transformed itself accordingly. Today, it is tough to find out how many types of soy sauce are manufactured and consumed.

Every Cuisine has imparted to it versatility and different taste. Thus having incorporated itself in the traditional robes of various nationalities soy sauce is categorized as following:

 

Chinese soy sauce: One of the most original soy sauce is made of only soy beans with other grains in lower proportions. Depending on the texture of the sauce it has been classified as dark soy sauce or light soy sauce. And both the types are relished by the Chinese people and are popular elsewhere in the world as well.

Japanese soy sauce: In Japan, one can taste soy sauce of many types, as each region has its own specialty. Not only this all these sauces differ in taste but lure everyone with the same vivacity. The texture, color, saltiness, sweetness and other factors determine its taste and each type comprises of altogether different features. Taiwanese soy sauce borrows some of the Japanese recipes in preparing the Soy sauce hence is very similar to Japanese soy sauce.

 

Korean soy sauce: Korean soy sauce is thin in texture and dark brown in color. Its major constituents are soy and brine. And the salty flavor adds to its taste and depends on the one manufacturing it.

Vietnamese soy sauce, Indonesian soy sauce, Malaysian soy sauce, Filipino toyo, Hawaiian shoyu, etc. are the other very popular varieties of soy sauce

Uses of Soy sauce

  • It is used as a condiment and is used to enhance the tastes of various dishes.
  • Many countries produce their own types of soy sauce and each differs in usage as well. In most of the user countries, soy sauce is also used in cooking other dishes.
  • It works as a marinade during cooking.

Medical Usage
As the soy sauce is a great source of antioxidants therefore it helps in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. However due to its high salt content, it is advisable for people with high blood pressure to avoid its consumption.

Mouth Watering Soy Sauce Recipes
Soy sauce is invariably used in a number of continental dishes as a main ingredient and given below are a few of the soy sauce recipes.

Thick Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe

  • You will need thick chicken, little garlic paste, and lot of soy sauce.
  • The first step will be to cut the chicken into smaller pieces. Now peel the whole garlic and fry it in the pan along with ginger till it turns fragrant. After this, add in thechicken pieces and stir fry it for few minutes. Finally pour in the thick soy sauce along with half a cup of water. Add salt and sugar to taste. And let the mixture boil for about 30 minutes. Serve it hot.

Various other recipes are:

  • Soy Mushroom Chili Sauce
  • Soy and Ginger Dressing
  • Soy Sauce Dressing
  • Kung Pao Chicken Stir-fry
  • Spicy Soy Sauce Chicken
  • Soy Sauce Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms and many more.
 
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